As part of its membership of EURIS (European Union Relationship and Industrial Strategy), the BPMA recently attended the organisation’s eagerly awaited second European summit.
Representing industrial product supply sectors, which collectively account for over £110 billion of UK goods imports and exports, this key event saw CEOs and Director Generals of trade associations from across Europe come together to further discuss the joint UK-EU industry working plan to ensure a successful Brexit for product manufacturers.
Once again held at the iconic Shard building in London, on Wednesday 12th September, this second gathering saw the launch of the EURIS report entitled ‘Delivering the Best Brexit for the Industrial Product Supply Sector’, which was well received by all those in attendance.
As the title suggests, the report sets out a range of considerations and key deliverables that will enable this significant sector of UK industry to successfully navigate its way through the post Brexit landscape.
There are many areas where UK and EU industry can work together to achieve the best outcome for all, and this summit provided an excellent opportunity to do just that. Building on the work of the first EURIS Summit in May 2018, the event had four key objectives:
- To brief guests on EURIS’ Best Brexit Report for the Industrial Product Supply Sector
- To update attendees on the work of the EURIS European Network
- To hear from European industry on their overall objectives
- To agree next steps in a joint plan for UK-EU industry activities going forward
The EURIS Summit was preceded by a reception at the House of Lords the evening before, where a body of Government representatives engaged with EURIS members and heard first-hand the importance of securing the best possible Brexit for the UK’s industrial product supply sector.
The BPMA was represented at the event by its President, Duncan Lewis (MD of Xylem Water Solutions) and its CEO, Steve Schofield.
Commenting on the summit, Steve Schofield said: “The BPMA is committed to doing all it can to ensure the pump manufacturing and supply sector enjoys the best possible outcome from the Brexit negotiations, and so I was pleased to have attended the meeting and to join my colleagues from across the industrial arena.
“We must collectively maintain the pressure on the UK Government to fully appreciate the importance of securing a fair and equitable trading arrangement in the post Brexit era, something which is essential if our manufacturing, process, construction, building services and utility sectors are to flourish,” added Steve.
For further information about EURIS please visit www.euristaskforce.org